The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Jeff Taffe to a one-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
Taffe, 27, played 45 games for the Penguins during the 2007-08 season, scoring 12 points (five goals, seven assists) along with eight penalty minutes. He made his season debut with the team on December 20th vs. the Boston Bruins. Taffe scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win vs. the Montreal Canadiens on January 19th. He registered a four-game point streak from February 23rd to February 28th, scoring five points (two goals, three assists). Taffe matched a career-high with two points (one goal, one assist) on February 26th vs. the New York Islanders.
Taffe posted 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 27 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), which was leading the team at the time of his recall to Pittsburgh. Taffe was signed as a free agent by the Penguins on July 13th, 2007.
The 6-3, 208-pound forward has registered 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists) and 34 penalty minutes in 145 career games in the NHL split between the Penguins, Phoenix Coyotes, and the New York Rangers. The native of Hastings, Minnesota was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the first round (30th overall) of the 2000 NHL Draft.